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Making it public

Join Forecast Public Art MAKING IT PUBLIC, a one-day intensive workshop to help artists make public art. Free to all participants.

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Making it Public is a free, 1 day intensive workshop designed for artists of any discipline [screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more] who are interested in exploring how to make their artwork public. Eligible applicants are individual artists new to working in public art. Preference will be given to artists based in northeast Minnesota, rural Minnesota and the Native Nations in Minnesota.

Making It Public offers:

  • Guest presentations from local artists and public art professionals
  • Discussions on the field, profession, history, and contemporary issues in public art
  • Explorations of your professional practice and possibilities in public art
  • An opportunity to apply after the workshop for seed money for a self-initiated public art project

Workshop Details

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019. Participants are expected to attend the whole day.
  • Workshops will cover topics including site analysis, community engagement, permitting, conservation, proposal preparation, project management, and project ideation.
  • Facilitated by Jen Krava and Candida Gonzalez from Forecast with guest speakers.
  • Workshops will take place at MacRostie Art Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • The workshop is a product of and facilitated by Forecast Public Art with generous support from the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission and is offered at no cost to the participants.

Participant Qualifications

  • Artists of all media forms are welcome to participate.
  • Limit 20 participants.
  • Participants must commit to the full day.
  • Participants must be new to working in public art.
  • Preference will be given to artists based in northeast Minnesota, rural Minnesota and the Native Nations in Minnesota.
  • Forecast staff will notify all participants whether or not they have been accepted to participate in the workshop.

Click here to apply!

Application deadline has been extended to will close on March 8, 2019 at 5pm.

There are still spots available — consider applying and passing along to others who might be interested.

An additional opportunity has also been added to the workshop: The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is offering up to $2.000 for mini-projects. Funding applicants must first attend this workshop in order to be considered for funding to support projects this upcoming summer and fall. 


Please contact Candida Gonzalez at candida@forecastpublicart.org with questions. This workshop is made possible by the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission.

Call to artists: 2019 Spring Art Crawl in Fosston May 2

The date has been set for May 2 from 3-7pm in the streets of Fosston for the 2019 Spring Art Crawl!  The night’s activities will close with an open house reception at the Sorenson Gallery, a chance to connect with business owners and artists.  If you are an artist interested in being paired with a business for the evening, please let them know!  This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your art, have great exposure to new clients and possibly make some sales or commissions! Reach out to Barbara at 218-230-4119 or Bonnie at 218-280-9176.

Looking ahead, later this spring, watch for the installation of Fosston’s first piece of public art to be located on Fosston’s Fit Trail.  With a nod to the area’s Nordic heritage, metalsmith Jeff Olson has been commissioned to craft an interactive Viking ship to grace the Fit Trail.  In September, the Arts & Culture Commission hopes to sponsor a studio crawl to coincide with Heritage Days and the Forged in Fosston events.  For more information on how to become involved in this summer’s Studio Crawl, feel free to contact the Arts & Culture Commission (Barbara at 218-230-4119 or Bonnie at 218-280-9176).

Part of the Arts & Culture Commission’s mission is to enrich the human experience, reinforce Fosston’s identity and civic pride through arts and culture, and recognize the importance of arts to our quality of life and to the local economy. 

Minnesota Writers — add your name

Put yourself on the map! Check out the new directory of Minnesota writers. The Minnesota Writers Directory connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft.

How To Get Listed On The Directory

If you currently live in Minnesota and have your work published in book form, you can apply to be listed. Simply fill out our online application, and they’ll contact you after they’ve reviewed it. For more information and to fill out the application go to https://mnwritersdirectory.org/

McKnight Fellowships for Dancers & Choreographers

The McKnight Fellowships for Dancers and for Choreographers will hold a webinar for all interested applicants. 

Saturday, March 9, 2:00 – 2:30pm

Interested in applying for a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and Choreographers?

This information session will focus on frequently asked questions regarding the application materials: the artistic statement, resume and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat feature, and/or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP. 

This session, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs, will be accessed through the online meeting site, Zoom. RSVP to mckfell@thecowlescenter.org, and participants will be sent a link to enter the webinar by internet browser on a computer or smart phone. 

For information about the guidelines and eligibility, plus detailed video about the online application process:
Dancers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/dancer-guidelines
Choreographers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreographer-guidelines

Calling all poets

April 1 Deadline to Submit Original Poetry for Minnesota Voices 

April 1st is the deadline for area poets to submit an original poem which may be selected for reading at “Minnesota Voices” on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at noon at the Wadena County Museum as part of National Poetry Month.  Between 10 to 15 poems will be selected by the panel.  The guidelines for submission are as follows:  Only poems written by the poet will be considered.  The poem should be no more than 30 lines.  The poem may be in any form:  rhymed, free verse, prose, rap, etc.  The poem may have been previously published. The poets selected will be invited to read their poem at the event on April 18, 2019.  You are not required to be present in order to be selected.  Instead, the poet may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.  Submissions should include your name, address, email, the title of the poem, and the complete text of the poem.  Please indicate whether you will be present to read the poem on April 18, 2019.  Submissions must be postmarked or received by April 1, 2019 to be eligible.  Poets selected will be notified by April 5, 2019. Submit via email to:  603wchs@arvig.net or mail to:  Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota Voices is a free program featuring Minnesota writers and their work. It is held the third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m.